Montana Audubon works at the local, state and national policy levels to protect our natural heritage.
Each year Montana Audubon recognizes its heroes and honors its champions at our Bird Festival. The complete list of individuals recognized through our awards can be downloaded: MT_Audubon_Award_List.
In order to do our conservation work, it is essential for us to understand where wildlife species live in our state and how their distribution and population changes over time.
Because of their critical role in wildlife and ecosystem information, we recognized the Montana Natural Heritage Program (Heritage Program) with our 2017 Conservationist of the Year Award. Montana Audubon is particularly grateful for the program’s housing of the Montana Bird Distribution database, mapping Important Bird Area boundaries, and developing the state’s first wetland and riparian habitat maps.
So how is Heritage Program data used? The information is primarily used in environmental reviews conducted by local, state, federal, and tribal governments, and private consulting firms, to better understand the impacts of mining, timber sales, subdivisions, utility and pipeline corridors, oil and gas developments, highway construction projects, and more.
Good information is critical to protecting and maintaining our state’s valuable natural heritage—especially as the state continues to grow and develop. We are pleased to recognize the Montana Natural Heritage Program for this work in this area.
This year, Montana Audubon recognized a hard-working, dedicated volunteer with our Lifetime Achievement Award: Beth Hill
Beth has donated thousands of hours of work to the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Chapter:
Beth: we appreciate and thank you for your tireless work and commitment to Audubon!
This year Montana Audubon presented a Special Achievement Award to Gail Engler, for her tireless work and dedication to the establishment of a permanent endowment fund in honor of her parents: the George and Laurene Engler Montana Audubon Conservation Endowment.
George Engler was deeply involved with conservation issues. As Supervisor of the Lewis and Clark National Forest he successfully resisted unrestrained forest clear-cutting and helped foster the protection of the Rocky Mountain Front. George also co-founded the Great Falls Conservation Council, which brings together conservationists for a monthly program to learn and network with each other, and the Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon chapter.
Laurene Engler also supported many conservation causes. Her efforts were often behind the scenes, but she was no less enthusiastic about the importance of conserving the land and keeping it accessible so future generations could enjoy it.
To learn more about George and Laurene, click HERE.
Finally, please support the Engler Endowment (click HERE). And because of the very generous Upper Missouri Breaks Audubon Chapter, each dollar given to this fund in 2017, up to $5,000, will be matched.
We are pleased to recognize Gail for her work for birds, conservation, Montana Audubon, and the state of Montana—in perpetuity!
Many Montanans care about birds. However, extremely few devote the greater portion of their lives to these winged wonders. Because of their life-long devotion to birds, Montana Audubon is pleased to recognize Chuck and Jean Carlson with a 2017 Special Achievement Award.
Specifically we thank them for:
We are privileged and proud to know Jean and Chuck—and pleased to recognize them for their outstanding work for birds, Audubon, and the state of Montana.
These awards were presented at our annual Bird Festival in Missoula in 2015. We recognize these individuals and groups for their excellent work:
These awards were presented at our annual Bird Festival in Helena in 2015. We recognize these individuals and groups for their excellent work: